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India Did NOT Invent The World’s Oldest Plane. Here Is Proof!

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Full text of ” The Vimanika Shastra. I had heard rumors of this book for years, but for a long time I thought it was like the Necronomicon, a book which doesn’t exist except as an urban myth. Yes, you can buy a Necronomicon at amazon. You will not be shredded by shambling extra-dimensional entities if you do.

The Vymanika Shastra, however, is not a myth. However, shasstra edition waffles a bit as to when the VS was actually first published. It also omits the first half of the book, consisting of over a hundred pages of Sanskrit, which, in my mind at least, is the most notable part of the book. And the original edition is almost unobtainable. That is probably on the low side; probably because the book looks so shashra, but as will become clear below that is probably the case with any copy of the edition.

So I didn’t hesitate.

The story of this book is as follows: He in turn, credited a Vedic sage named Maharshi Bharadwaja, as well as other Rishis who appear in legitimate Hindu texts. One of these ‘channeled’ texts was, on its face, a technical manual for the construction and use of ‘vimanas,’ the flying machines of the Vedic sagas.

It is unclear as to whether any part of the present work was actually published in print at that time, even though it is implied in the introduction, so it is unclear whether it was published in the legal sense prior to The Sanskrit manuscript of the VS lay unpublished for over fifty years.

Inthis text was published in a very limited edition by G. Josyer, along with a translation which he had produced over a twenty year period.

It as if someone in the early 20th century wrote a page book on ancient aircraft in Biblical Hebrewand attributed it to Moses and other prophets. However, the fact that the book was originally written in Sanskrit, while very impressive, isn’t any indication of authenticity. Sanskrit is to some extent still a living language, used everyday in Hindu ritual. It is plausible that a well-educated high-caste Hindu from that period would be able to compose a Sanskrit text of this length given enough time.

If you are looking for an ancient manuscript on this fascinating topic, you’ll need to keep on looking. The Vymanika Shastra was first committed to writing between andand nobody is claiming that it came from some mysterious antique manuscript. The fact is, there are no manuscripts of this text prior toand nobody is claiming that there are.

So on one level, this is not a hoax. You just have to buy into the assumption that ‘channeling’ works. Finally my copy of Josyeris book arrived. Instead of the holy grail of UFO bibliophiles, at first sight this book self-published in India looks like a defective vintage US high school yearbook. The binding is askew and the book is difficult to open. The first couple of signatures are printed on slick paper, and the remainder on much lower grade which is quickly browning.


The Vymaanika-Shaastra: Foreword

For some reason it is bound in cheerful pink silk with what appears to be a photocopy of one of the illustrations glued to the front center. There is no printing on the spine or either cover. Frankly, nobody would look at it twice at a garage sale.

It is no wonder that a large quantity of the print run ended up dumped in a root cellar in Bangalore which made it even rarer.

So, does it live up to its billing? There is an intriguing list of Vimana capabilities, particularly what we today call countermeasures, This includes means to view remote images on screens, listen to remote sounds, disguise the vimana as clouds or other images, create terrifying sounds, and so on.

There is an extensive discussion of the various types of vimanas and their construction, including some that can double mahrshi boats or submarines. There are discourses on the structure of the atmosphere, aeronautic hazards and how to avoid them, and even a section on diet and clothing for aviators!

Of interest is the discussion of flying through the various yugas epochs: On the other hand, there is no exposition of the theory of aviation let alone antigravity. In plain terms, the VS never directly explains how vimanas get up in the air. The text is top-heavy with long lists of often bizarre ingredients used to construct various subsystems.

This includes items such as monkey skin, eagle bones, sea-foam, and many that are only named in Sanskrit. Often the recipes snastra a mix of plant, animal and mineral ingredients, and involve mixing these ingredients and cooking them at high temperature in avimanika furnace shaped maharshii an animal, such as a frog. One wonders whether we are talking about metallurgy here, or some kind of alchemy.

Most of the systems are described as mechanical devices, powered by steam, electricity or even solar power; a number literally involve smoke and mirrors. There is nothing here which Jules Verne couldn’t have dreamed up, no vaijanika of exotic elements or advanced construction techniques. The 1 technical illustration based on the text all of which are reproduced hereare absurdly un-aerodynamic.

They look like brutalist wedding cakes, with minarets, huge ornithopter wings and dinky propellers. In other words, they look like typical early 20 th century fantasy flying machines with an Indian twist. These illustrations do not bhharadwaja in cross-section resemble ‘modem’ UFOs.

Nor do they look like ancient portrayals of vimanas, for that matter. However, even if this book is an elaborate modern creation, it doesn’t invalidate the mystery of vimanas.

Vimanas are widely described in the genuine ancient texts such as the Ramavana and Mahabharataas well as other later texts such as the dramas of Kalidasa. They are not metaphors or hyperbole, nor do you have to be a god to own or ride one as in other mythologies. They are treated as manufactured, physical objects, even if portrayed as fanciful flying houses, invested with magical powers of levitation. Sometimes they are simply employed as a plot device to get characters from one end of India to the other quickly.

Often they are portrayed as weapons of war. Also compelling, in my mind, are the descriptions of ancient Indian weapons that bear a striking resemblance to artillery, mechanized infantry, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, as well as high powered lasers or other energy beams. So there are abundant mysteries to explore in the ancient texts, which you can do at sacred-texts’ Hindu texts area.

So what have we learned? Not personally able to read Sanskrit, I await a critical edition of this work with an independent translation into English. There is one other question about this book, namely its copyright status. Formally, this book is still under copyright, not only in the United States but in every other country including India. However, that is only half the story. I decided to call up Adventures Unlimited and ask them what they knew.


I was surprised when I found myself talking to their founder, David Hatcher Childress. Childress told me that although they had published the Josyer text in his Vimana book without any clearance sinceno claimant had ever turned up, even though it had gone through several editions. He also said that he had no objection to it being posted at sacred-texts. It is my belief, therefore, that this is an orphaned copyright.

This is not surprising since the introduction mentions that Josyer was 81 when he began to publish http: So for this reason I’ve decided to relax my usual procedures and go ahead and post this text, due to the rarity and cultural significance of this book.

In the book, these plates follow the English translation. These are the best available images; some of the originals are slightly illegible due to poor printing. Plan of Base or Pitha 3 – Vimana: Vertical Section aickto enlarge 9. Plan of Pitha Base aickto enlarge Electric Power Generator Sectional Elevation aickto enlarge Vertical Section Crosswise Qickto enlarge 7.

Vertical Section TkiruaA vimana 32B aickto enlarge aickto enlarge Electric Power Generator Top Viewand Horizontal Section- Lengthwise Qickto enlarge Vertical Section at the Wng Joint aickto enlarge 14 verso. First Ten Pages of Sanskrit http: Bangalore, of Auckal, Baagatare. Pushpinec Yantra Tic aae D. Sriabdukarsliaiia Yantra rasarana Yantra t I E. Vaathaskandha naala kcclaka Shabda Kcndra mukha yantra.

Shakthi panjara kcclaka yantra. Sastry, sent up the following report which was published in all the leading dailies of India, and was taken up by Reuterand other World Press News Services: Josyer, Director of the International Academy of Sanskrit Research in Mysore, in the course of an interview recently, showed some very ancient manuscripts which the Academy had collected.

He claimed that the manuscripts were several thousands of years old, compiled by ancient rishis, Bharadwaja, Narada and others, dealing, not with the mysticism of ancient Hindu philosophy of Atman or Brahman, but with more mundane things vital for the existence of man and progress of nations both in times of peace and war.

Josyer’s manuscripts dealt in elaborate detail about food processing from various indigenous materials like grass, vegetables and leaves for human consumption, particularly during times of famine. He showed me plans prepared according to directions contained in the manuscript on Aeronautics of three types of aircraft or Vimanas, namely, Rukma, Sundara and Shakuna Vimanas. Five hundred slokas or stanzas dealing with these go into such intricate details about choice and preparation of metals that would be suitable for various parts of vimanas of different types, constructional details, dimensions, designs and weight they could carry, and purposes they could be used for.

Josyer showed some types of designs and drawing of a helicopter-type cargo-loading plane, specially meant for carrying combustibles and ammunition, passenger aircraft carrying to persons, double and treble-decked aircraft. Each of these types had been fully described.